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Innovative diabetes drug discovery partnership

October 31, 2015

"This is an exciting evolution of JDRF's research strategy for discovering and developing diabetes therapeutics," said Richard A. Insel, MD, Executive Vice President for Research at JDRF. "The partnership provides JDRF access to a highly talented group of scientists, state-of-the-art drug discovery technology, and an organization with a proven track record of delivering drugs to the clinic to address a critical gap in research -- advancing basic research, often arising from academia, into drug discovery and development. The JDRF-GNF partnership should jumpstart the creation of a multi-product pipeline for beta cell regeneration, a therapeutic priority for JDRF."

Projects within the collaboration will be chosen and managed by a combined review committee of JDRF and GNF representatives, with oversight from a Scientific Advisory Board and JDRF volunteers.

About GNF

The Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation develops and applies integrated state-of-the-art technologies in chemistry, biology, automation, and information sciences in order to pursue new approaches towards the understanding of complex biomedical problems in cancer biology, immunology, neuroscience, and metabolic as well as infectious disease. These technologies cut across the life sciences, and include genomics and proteomics tools, medicinal chemistry, cell-based ultra high throughput screening of genes or compounds, structural genomics, and forward/reverse mammalian genetics.

The mission of the Institute is to exploit these technologies to identify new biological processes and understand the underlying mechanisms involved in human disease. These discoveries are being translated into human therapeutics through an internal preclinical drug discovery effort coupled with further developmental activities with Novartis. Founded in 1999, the Institute is funded through the Novartis Research Foundation.

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